January 22, 2009


Cincy can’t respond to quick Rockets takeoff


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
DeRuyter’s Dan Raymond (31) stays close to Cincinnatus dribbler Ty Wilcox (24) in the second quarter of Wednesday’s CCL basketball clash. First place DeRuyter was a 50-34 winner in Cincy.

The DeRuyter Central boys’ basketball team took an early lead and never gave it back Wednesday night en route to a 50-34 Central Counties League over host Cincinnatus.
The McGraw boys fell victim to a similar quick start in a 65-39 league loss at Stockbridge Valley, while the visiting DeRuyter girls rallied for a 43-34 win over McGraw.
DeRuyter 50, Cincinnatus 34: Nine of the 11 players on the roster scored for DeRuyter, which led 13-8 after the first quarter and went from there to improve to 7-1 in league play and 13-1 overall. Sean Rutherford led the way with 17 points, while Ethan Grime added 11. Greg Monroe scored seven points to pace the Red Lions (3-6 league, 3-11 overall), while Tyler Kemak and Jacob Silverstein had six each.
“DeRuyter is a very well-balanced team with many weapons,” Cincy coach John Protheroe said. “They played hard and hit shots that they needed to. But my team fought them to the end. I was impressed by our rebounding, with a total of 40 on the night.”
Kemak led the Red Lions with 12 rebounds, while Silverstein and Kyle Eaton had 10 apiece.
“I can’t say enough about Tyler and Jacob; they were workhorses,” added Protheroe. “Tyler made so many hustle plays that it really kept our heads in the game. Kyle also had five assists, while Jacob and Greg Monroe had three apiece.”
DeRuyter visits George Junior Republic tonight and Madison on Saturday.
— The Cincy JVs won 47-29 as Manny Uribe had 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, Joe Peri 12 points, Anthony Bowman five points and 10 rebounds and Will Loomis six points and six rebounds.
“We played our best complete game to date,” Red Lions coach Jim Halstrom said, his team now 9-0 in the league and 11-3 overall. I was extremely pleased with our team defense and control of the boards. We did a nice job of keeping a good shooting team off-balance, holding them to 21 percent from the field while collecting a season-high 10 rebounds. Our bench was really a key as we seldom missed a beat, with every player contributing.”
Ryan Covney had nine points and Zach Thomas six for DeRuyter.
Both Cincy teams visit George Junior Republic tonight and Madison on Saturday, while DeRuyter hosts Hamilton Monday at DeRuyter.
Stockbridge Valley 65, McGraw 39: The Cougars roared out to a 20-3 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, led by Alex Dickerman and James Hartle with 14 points each and Tanner Bluewolf with 12 as they improved to 4-5 in the league and 5-9 overall.
The Eagles (0-8 league, 0-14 overall) came back in the second quarter, using an 18-9 advantage to pull within eight, 29-21, at halftime, but the hosts then went on a 21-8 tear in the third to seal the win. Chris Williams had 14 points and Cody Brown 11 for McGraw.
“We started out really sloppy, then made some defensive adjustments and played solid basketball in the second quarter,” Eagles coach Corey Wilson said. “We didn’t match up well down low; our big guys had a difficult team handling their post players.”
Williams also led the team in rebounds, with no total reported.
McGraw visits Otselic Valley Friday.
DeRuyter 43, McGraw 34: The Rockets trailed 7-4 after one quarter and 13-12 at halftime, but assumed a 27-26 lead heading into the fourth, where they used a 16-8 advantage to fashion the final margin of victory. Aissa Seamans scored 17 of her game-high 23 points in the second half for the winners, and was complemented by Raechel Seamans with 13.
McGraw (4-6), missing two starters, got 15 points from Nicole Purcell while Courtney Tillotson was cited by coach Troy Bilodeau for stepping up (four points, seven rebounds) to help fill the void.
The same two teams were to meet this evening in DeRuyter, McGraw playing its third game in as many days.